Communication
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Melissa A. Broeckelman-Post

Melissa A. Broeckelman-Post

Melissa A. Broeckelman-Post

Basic Course Director and Assistant Professor

Instructional Communication, Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Research Methods, Communication Theory

Melissa A. Broeckelman-Post (Ph.D., Ohio University, 2009) is the Basic Course Director and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and a Senior Scholar in the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University.  She is responsible for planning, supervising, assessing, and improving the communication courses that meet the general education requirement at GMU.  Each year, she is responsible for recruiting, training, and supervising a staff of 50-60 instructors who teach 3700-4000 undergraduate students per year in these courses.  In 2016, her program was the recipient of the NCA Basic Course Division Program of Excellence Award, which recognizes introductory communication course programs that can serve as best practice models for programs across the country.  In 2015, she was the recipient of the NCA Basic Course Division Textbook of Distinction Award for the textbook that she extensively adapted to meet the specific needs to GMU’s students, instructors, and program.  Dr. Broeckelman-Post is also serving as the co-chair of the Social Science Research Council’s Measuring College Learning Project Panel on Pubic Speaking as was a co-recipient of a National Communication Association Advancing the Discipline Grant for A National-Level Assessment of Core Competencies in the Basic Communication Course.   

Broeckelman-Post is the co-author of two national communication textbooks, The Speaker’s Primer and Communication Pathways, and serves on the editorial boards of Communication Education, Communication Teacher, The Basic Communication Course Annual, and Journal of Communication Pedagogy.  She is also a quantitative methods and mixed-methods research specialist who conducts research in communication assessment, communication pedagogy, and instructional communication.  She has published research in Communication Education, The Basic Communication Course Annual, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, Communication Teacher, Journal of Media Literacy Education, IIIE Transactions on Education, and other academic journals.

Selected Publications

Broeckelman-Post, M. A. (in press).  Context matters: Multilingual learners in public speaking courses.  Communication Teacher.

Broeckelman-Post, M. A., & MacArthur, B. L. (in press).  Are we violating student expectations?  Availability, workload, class time use, and technology policies in undergraduate courses.  Journalism and Mass Communication Educator.

Broeckelman-Post, M. A., & Pyle, A. S. (2017).  Public speaking versus hybrid introductory communication courses: Exploring four outcomes.  Communication Education, 66, 210-228.  doi: 10.1080/03634523.2016.1259485. 

Broeckelman-Post, M. A., & MacArthur, B. L. (2017).  The impact of public speaking and hybrid introductory communication courses on student perceptions of homophily and classroom climate.  Basic Communication Course Annual, 29.  Available online at http://ecommons.udayton.edu/bcca/vol29/iss1/4/. 

Valenzano III, J. M., Braden, S. W., & Broeckelman-Post, M. A. (2016). The Speaker’s Primer (2nd ed.).  Southlake, TX: Fountainhead.

Broeckelman-Post, M. A., Johnson, A., & Schwebach, J. R. (2016).  Calling on students using notecards: Engagement and countering communication anxiety in large lecture.  Journal of College Science Teaching, 45(5), 27-33. 

Broeckelman-Post, M. A., & MacArthur, B. L. (2016).  Nontraditional students, multilingual learners, and university type: The vital missing comparisons in our basic course research.  Basic Communication Course Annual, 28, 22-32.

Suwinyattichaiporn, T., & Broeckelman-Post, M. A. (2016).  Assessing the effects of a public speaking course on native and non-native English speakers.  Basic Communication Course Annual, 28, 87-115.

Vraga, E. K., Tully, M., Kotcher, J., Smithson, A. B., & Broeckelman-Post, M. A.  (2016). A multi-dimensional approach to measuring news media literacy.  Journal of Media Literacy Education, 7, 41-53.  Available at http://digitalcommons.uri.edu/jmle/vol7/iss3/4/.  

Valenzano III, J. M., Broeckelman-Post, M. A., & Sahlstein Parcell, E. M. (2015). Communication Pathways.  Southlake, TX: Fountainhead.

Broeckelman-Post, M. A., Tacconelli, A., Guzman, J., Rios, M., Calero, B., & Latif, F. (2015).  The effects of teacher misbehaviors on student interest and student engagement.  Communication Education.  doi: 10.1080/003634523.2015.1058962.

Grants and Fellowships

National Communication Association Advancing the Discipline Grant for A National-Level Assessment of Core Competencies in the Basic Communication Course.  Team members:  Melissa Broeckelman-Post (George Mason University), Lindsey B. Anderson (University of Maryland), Andrew D. Wolvin (University of Maryland), Angela M. Hosek (Ohio University), Cheri Simonds (Illinois State University), John Hooker (Illinois State University), Josh Westwick (South Dakota State University), Karla Hunter (South Dakota State University), Kristina Ruiz-Mesa (California State University, Los Angeles), LeAnn Brazeal (Missouri State University).  Award amount: $3900.  Awarded October 2016.

Courses Taught

COMM 100: Public Speaking

COMM 100DL: Public Speaking (fully online)

COMM 101: Interpersonal and Group Communication

COMM 400: Research Methods

COMM 653: Graduate Seminar in Instructional Communication

COMM 750: Research Methods II

Education

Ph.D., Communication Studies, Ohio University, 2009

M.A., Speech Rhetoric and Communication, Kansas State University, 2005

Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing and Professional Communication, Kansas State University, 2004

B.A., English, Kansas State University, 2004

In the Media

Guest on Teaching Matters, a podcast series by WOUB Public Media (2017, March 28). Episode 13.  Available at http://woub.org/tag/teaching-matters/, https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/teaching-matters/id1182990400, and Google Play

Reynolds, A. (2017, February 10).  A communication program that is anything but ‘basic.’  Available at http://communication.gmu.edu/articles/10394

Office of Distance Education.  (2016, May 2).  Speaking to the needs of various learners.  Available at https://masononline.gmu.edu/story89/

Byerly, K. (2014, February 3). New communication pilot course redesigns public speaking.  Fourth Estate.  Available at http://communication.gmu.edu/articles/6470

Mimikos, C. J. (2013, May 6).  Mason welcomes Melissa Broeckelman-Post.  Fairfax City Patch.  Available at http://patch.com/virginia/fairfaxcity/bp--mason-welcomes-melissa-broeckelman-post